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Thread: 13 year old boy who doesn't want to be ripped off buying a video editing PC. HELP!

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    Hi, I am looking for a PC around 330 that will allow me to edit 1080p videos in programs such as Sony Vegas etc. Could somebody please tell me if this PC is worth it and if not, what would you advise? Anything is appreciated!

    This is the PC I am looking at: VIBOX BETA-3

    Thanks, Eddy

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    This seems very cheep for the spec. I don't think it can come with an OS and it doesn't mention a graphics card but the rest of it looks good for purpose. A second hard disk drive might be beneficial if you can afford it. Something you will probably want at a late date is a separate graphics card.

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    Stay away from this it's all cheap hardware, something is bound to fry on you even some ram sticks. Piece something together yourself off NewEgg.com
    Why am I an editor? ...because I'm a bad filmer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkFloydEffect View Post
    Stay away from this it's all cheap hardware, something is bound to fry on you even some ram sticks. Piece something together yourself off NewEgg.com
    It may be cheap, but that doesn't mean it's no good. GigaByte don't make poor quality motherboards. There's nothing inherently wrong with AMD processors (though i'd always go with Intel out of choice - purely because I've had maybe 1 dozen AMD CPUs fail vs only 2 Intels - but that's over 17 years and hundreds if not thousands of machines). The manufacturer/model of hard drive is unspecified - so you simply don't know.

    The only thing which might be dodgly is the RAM ad the solution there is to spend a couple of days running memory tests so any faults can be identified while the machne is in warranty. Plug as many things in as you're likely to need to check the stability of the PSU.

    I have a bit more money but less time to dedicatye to the cause, so I would buy well known reputable parts and assume they work. If I was a 13 year old boy without any money, I'd buy on specification and invest a few days hammering the system to check it will be stable.

    Cheap components/PCs aren't necessarily unreliable - they just haven't generally been through the QA that more expensive ones have. The end user has to do the QA.
    Tim

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    Every manufacturer produces a budget model, which usually is not great. If Ferrari made a budget car it would be a Geo Metro with their name on it. The ram might not be "unreliable" and you can hammer it all you want but TIME will show ram chips dropping. The power supply is also most likely cheap, and deff the HDD (some manufactures literally have a department that does research into MAKING components break outside the warranty it's a stupid thing to put engineering into but they do!) 5 years ago I built myself a wonderful system from Newegg for $700 which out-beat anything in that price range by far.

    ECS KA3-MVP Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135024)
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 3.2GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103228)
    4GB Patriot Ram (2 x 2GB)
    2x 500GB SATAII 7200rpm HDD
    MSI RX2600XT 512mb HD 128-bit GDDR4 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127303)
    ABS Tagan ITZ 700w power supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817814005)

    ^ strong components and have been running 24/7/365 x5 years.
    Why am I an editor? ...because I'm a bad filmer!
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    (some manufactures literally have a department that does research into MAKING components break outside the warranty it's a stupid thing to put engineering into but they do!)
    One of my pet hates, "planned obsolescence"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    One of my pet hates, "planned obsolescence"
    Nothing agrivates me more then automotive planned obsolescence, I rebuilt a 57' Task Force and we coated the entire frame in POR15 along with backsides of the body panels and now it could be driven 50 years in salt conditions with zero rust! If car companies did this nobody would ever buy the new model, I see so many vehicles with holes in the body that run great!
    Why am I an editor? ...because I'm a bad filmer!
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    I used to build all my own computers and at first used the cheaper brands to get the higher specs. I first learned of the importance of a good quality power supply follwed by changing to lower specs from quality brands. I stuck with ASUS where possible, but there are other quality brands to choose from.

    I noticed that I got better performance from lower spec quality components, mostly as everything generally ran smoother.

    David.

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    This is a good point David and one I think is often forgotten but perhaps one which only those with some of tech knowledge would be able to do successfully.

    The PC I had before the one I've got now, I built my self so I know how big a learning curve and time consuming it is to find the best memory, motherboard, power pack etc... and then knowing which bits will work best with which other bits. It isn't easy and I don't think I could do it again as things have moved on so much since my last build. I chose to go with a specialist PC builder this time because I could afford it. I also get the support and back up I might need from the supplier.

    So for a 13 year old kid, buying the best spec. PC he can afford is probably the best root for him.

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    David pretty much summed that up better than I could. You guys are right he might as well buy the thing with his fingers crossed.
    Why am I an editor? ...because I'm a bad filmer!
    ☮ ♫ ☾ ☆ ☼ ☯ ~ Live Long & Prosper

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